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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

What’s happening

Become_a_Street_Ambassador.jpgBecome a Street Ambassador

We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Areacampaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us collect feedback from the public. This is a great experience for anyone interested in grassroots organizing. RSVP with us for one of the following trainings:
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Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session I
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7pm
@LivableStreets Alliance

Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session II
Wednesday, April 5th, 12-1pm
@Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Take our Longwood Area survey

Take_our_Longwood_Area_multimodal_survey.JPGWe recently launched a new initiative in the Longwood Area in partnership with the Longwood Area Cyclists. Throughout 2017, we’ll be collecting feedback from the public while working with area institutions and partners to identify key problems and implement solutions. Please help us by taking the survey and spreading the word!


Wins

Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan

Go_Boston_2030_release.jpgAfter two years of outreach and dozens of workshops, the City of Boston has released its Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. LivableStreets has been involved in this process since the beginning, and this ambitious plan encapsulates our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people. From Better Buses to the Emerald Network and Vision Zero, the proposed projects and policies directly impact our programs. Check out our overview of the plan here.

Now the hard work begins. Sign up as a Street Ambassador or join our Advocacy Committee to help us make this plan a reality. 


LivableStreets in the news

images.jpgOver the past month, our Better Buses and Go Boston 2030 advocacy has been featured in national and local media. Read CityLab’s pieceabout Everett’s pop-up bus lane and Boston’s efforts to roll-out similar bus priority measures. Also, be sure to check out what our executive director had to say about the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan in this WGBH News piece. Review all of our recent press coverage here.


Opportunities

Join us at Focus40’s “Ideas of March” event 

Ideas_of_March.PNGMassDOT’s Focus40 Team has received more than 3,000 ideas from the public about where they want to see our transit system go by 2040. Join us for the “Ideas of March” to explore these crowd-sourced concepts and learn how they’ll influence the T’s planning and future.

Event Details:
Focus40 “Ideas of March” Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-7pm
@MIT Media Lab


Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Join us at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration

WalkBoston.jpgWe hope to see you at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration to thank the organization’s for its over 27 years of incredible advocacy! Golden Shoe Awards will be given to City Council President Michelle Wu, Mission Hill/Roxbury activist Alison Pultinas, and Sarah Bankert, Caitlin Marquis & Dillon Sussman for their rural walking advocacy in Western Massachusetts. You won’t want to miss it! Register for the celebration here.

Event Details:
WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration
Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm
@Microsoft NERD Center


Submit your BRT station design proposals

brt_station_competition1.jpgHave you always wanted to redesign your local bus stop? Now’s your chance. BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile. Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the Boston BRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines.


Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

GreenStreetsFlyer_top-no_year-lt.jpgThe annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. Encourage your employer to register for the 2017 Walk/Ride Day Challenge to participate (and win prizes!) by checking in online on the last Friday of each month from April through October when you walk, bike, take mass transit, or carpool to work!


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Bikes Not Bombs Gets New Executive Director

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

Elijah, our new Executive Director!
Meet Elijah Evans, Our New Executive Director!

Bikes Not Bombs is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans will be joining us as our new Executive Director. Elijah has a lifelong commitment to social justice and has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.

Please join Bikes Not Bombs in warmly welcoming Elijah as the new Executive Director at a public welcome celebration hosted by BNB Board Member Amy Wilson and her husband David August on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8pm at their home located at 5 Alveston Street, Jamaica Plain.

RSVP and read the full announcement on our website.

Register for the Bike-A-Thon, half-priced in March!
Register for the Bike-A-Thon!

Registration is now open for our 30th Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’re proud to offer our first ever Century Ride (100 miles) along with 10, 30 and 50 mile routes this year. Registration is half-priced throughout the month of March, so sign up today!

Check out the new route, learn more and register!

Check out our Annual Report!
Annual Report Release

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Check out the online version, or download the PDF. We also have limited paper copies available at our Hub, or via mail by request.

Thank you to everyone who helped us throughout 2016, we had a great year full of growth and improvement in our many programs.

Job openings at BNB
We’re Hiring!

Please share our job openings to qualified candidates!

Senior Director of Development & Operations – Responsible for the fundraising, communications, operations and events at Bikes Not Bombs
Repair Mechanic – Diagnose and repair bicycles, interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service

TONIGHT is our One Brick Boston Social – Starting at 6:00pm we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain with our friends from One Brick Boston. Please RSVP to confirm your space.

Apply for EAB and GIA – Applications for Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA) are available on our website or at the Hub or Bike Shop. EAB will be from March 27th – April 27thrunning MondayThursday 4-7pm and Girls In Action will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm..

Laptops, chairs, tables and more needed – We need some supplies for our space! Please check out our website for donation requests.

Boston Globe Subscribers – Help us earn a free Globe ad just by showing your support. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2017. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

BNB Visits East Africa – International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, is currently in East Africa visiting Cycloville and meeting with potential partner organizations. While visiting Cycloville, Charlotte is conducting evaluation interviews, leading strategic planning conversations, and participating in the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Forum. After visiting Cycloville she will travel to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania to meet with organizations to explore partnership opportunities. Check out the BNB website and social media for updates!

Upcoming Clinics at the Bike Shop – Clinics are back for the season! Join us!
Thurs 3/9 7-9pm Flat Fixing Clinic
Mon 3/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 3/23 7-9pm Basic Maintenance & Repair
Mon 4/3 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 09

From the email:

Register for the Bike-A-Thon starting March 1st!
Bike-A-Thon Registration Opens March 1st!

We’ve got exciting news about this year’s Bike-A-Thon!! We are thrilled to announce that we will have a Century (100 mile) route!

This year we are going to switch things around a bit and offer 10, 30, 50 and 100 mile routes, in order to ensure we have a route for all of our amazing riders! Registration will open on Wednesday March 1st and will be half-priced through the month of March, start getting your team together!

We need skilled 'packing' volunteers!
Container Packing Volunteer Training!

Ever wonder how our containers get packed? Been to a container loading before and eager to be on the inside of the container packing bikes? Come to a short training session February 25th to learn BNB’s distinct packing method from our expert packer volunteers! We’re in need of skilled volunteers who can help us pack 500-600 bikes in our containers 8 times a year. Come to this training to learn how!

An Earn-A-Bike student works on his bike
Apply for Youth Programs

Spring is around the corner! We’re accepting applications for Adult Instructor Training (AIT), Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA). AIT will be from March 6th to the 22nd running Monday – Wednesday from 6-9pm, and EAB will be from March 27th – April 27th running MondayThursday4-7pm. Girls In Action, which is an all girls version of Earn-A-Bike, will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm.

Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email [email protected].

Visit the Bike Shop!
Winter at the Bike Shop

This month get a special Winter Overhaul, a discounted rate on labor from the usual $200 to $150. Bring your bike by Mon – Sat for a free estimate to see if a winter overhaul is right for your bike. And, remember our large selection of used parts are now 50% off.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Mechanic to join the team. Please help us spread the word about this position, or apply yourself! Things are on sale at the Shop!

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 2/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Mon 3/6 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

Can you volunteer in our office?
Help Pack a Container to Village Bicycle Project!

On Sunday February 26th join us at our warehouse in Dorchester to pack 500+ bikes for Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. We’ll be packing from 9am-6pmrain or shine (or snow!).

Breakfast and lunch are served, drop in for an hour or stay all day! Please RSVP online.

Are you interested in being a corporate sponsor for the Bike-A-Thon?
Seeking Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

We’re looking for sponsors for our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! Do you have or know a business that is interested in providing either fiscal or in-kind donations in exchange for getting the word out to over 800 riders and volunteers?

The Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday June 4th, check out more details about in-kind and fiscal sponsorships and email any questions to Annie Hamilton at [email protected]

Join us for a social with One Brick Boston!
One Brick Boston Social

Join Bikes Not Bombs for a joint social with our partner One Brick Boston, a nonprofit which provides volunteers to support a variety of nonprofits and causes throughout the Boston area. Starting at 6:00pmon Wednesday, March 8, we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. We’re looking forward to getting to know more about one another and having a great time! Please RSVP to confirm your space.


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Hubway Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 03

From the email:

Planning to watch New England’s Biennial February Football Game? Cambridge stations are open year-round, and you can take Hubway to your viewing party! Regardless of the game’s outcome, there is plenty of Hubway-related excitement this winter, like the record-setting 1.27 million trips riders took in 2016. There are also some inspiring Black History Month celebrations on our list of where to ride in February. All this means plenty of places to ride all winter long.

Commemorating Black History Month

In 1928, five African American women set off from New York City on a 250-mile adventure to Washington D.C. Their three-day ride was about personal pleasure and challenge, and the story calls into question our ideas of who bicycled in history and why. We found this important story via the series archives of The Bicycle Story: A Tale of People and Bikes, where you can read and hear this and other inspiring features about race, diversityempowerment, and their connections with bikes.

Where do you want Hubway in metro-Boston?

Stations in Boston, Brookline, and Somerville will be back before you know it, but if you’ve got a little riding downtime, now is the perfect time to use Hubway’s Suggest-a-Station tool. Got ideas for future Hubway station locations? Put ’em on the map, and provide feedback on others’ suggestions. We use this info when making Hubway expansion considerations.

Where To Ride

Looking for places to ride Hubway?
Want to brush up on your riding skills?
Interested in a group ride?Check out our full list of upcoming local events, festivals, rides, and classes. Here are some coming up in the next few weeks.

Sat 2/4, 10am-2pm    Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street


Sat 2/4, 1-2:30pm    9th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Festival
Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Cafe at 27 Brattle Street), Cambridge


Sat 2/4, 3-5pm    Australia Day! Gondwana Chorale with Boston City Singers
First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge


Mon 2/6, 6-7pm    Bi-Monthly Meditation
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Mon 2/6, 6-8pm    Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway


Tue 2/7, 7-9pm    Central Square Social Club
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge


Wed 2/8, 3-4pm    Advanced DIY
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/9, 6:30-8:30pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! An Evening with Joel Gill & John Jenning
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Wed 2/15, 7-9pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis film screening
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/16, 7-9pm    Boston Comics Roundtable
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/17, 7-8:30pm    Meet the Author: Roxane Gay
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Thu 2/23, 6-8pm    Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month! Meet the Author: Bernice McFadden
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway


Fri 2/24, All Day    Walk / Ride Day Check-In
Check in your commute, no matter where and how you traveled, for the chance at great bike-friendly rewards and prizes.


Sat 2/25, 10am-1pm    Longfellow Birthday Celebration
Stony Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge


Tue 2/28, 7-8pm    Boudreau Knitting Group
Boudreau Branch Library, 245 Concord Ave, Cambridge

Visit the full Hubway events calendar. Have an event we should include? Tweet it to us @Hubway with hashtag #WhereToRide.

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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s happening

Ask your legislators to support safe streets

Omnibus_bill_.jpgWe need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all. To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3. Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly. If you’ve already done your part – thanks! Please help us spread the word.


Stand with community members at Allston I-90 meeting

Allston_I90.jpgIn response to MassDOT’s latest proposalfor the Allston I-90 Interchange project, the Task Force is convening a meeting to communicate shared community goals to state and local officials in advance of the draft environmental impact report. We need as many advocates in attendance as possible to send a clear message to MassDOT. Join the community in advocating for a project that reconnects Allston while providing necessary biking, walking, and transit infrastructure.

Event Details:
Allston I-90 Interchange Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8pm
@Jackson-Mann Community Center


Join us at the Longwood Area Cyclists Summit

Longwood_Area_Cyclists_Logo.pngLivableStreets has been working closely with the Longwood Area Cyclists to address transportation and safety issues in the Longwood area. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about biking improvements coming soon. Also, we’ll be kicking off our public engagement that we’ll be leading in Longwood throughout 2017. Attend the Summit to learn more about this exciting project. Speakers include Rick Corsi of DCR, Sarah Hamilton of MASCO, and Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University.

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP soon as space is limited!

Event Details:
Longwood Area Cyclists Summit
Wednesday, February 15th, 12-1pm
@Jimmy Fund Auditorium


Wins

LivableStreets in the news

bostonglobe.pngThis year we’ll be ramping up our Better Buses work, which was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe. Unfortunately, a few days later, the City of Boston witnessed 9 pedestrian crashes in a single day. See our response to this uptick in this WCVB Channel 5 report. Redesigning dangerous streets and intersections is crucial to Vision Zero‘s success. Streetsblog USA covered our call for more Vision Zero funding in Boston in order to improve safety along Beacon St and other corridors seeing high crash rates.


Above & beyond: $33,000 in 33 Days challenge

LivableStreetsvolunteerphoto.jpgWe were blown away by the outpouring of support we received during our $33,000 in 33 Days challenge at the end of 2016. With your help, we surpassed our goal, providing us with funding to expand our programming as we continue to advocate for safer streets throughout the Boston area. If you’re interested in helping us mobilize these efforts, sign up as a volunteer. We’ll be rebooting our Street Ambassador program this spring! 


Opportunities

Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Save the date for the release of Go Boston 2030

goboston.pngAfter considerable input and support from LivableStreets advocates, the City of Boston will release its Go Boston 2030 Action Plan on March 7th. Be the first to learn what bold steps Boston will be taking to improve and expand its transportation system in the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The release will comprise of an announcement, a day-long interactive exhibit, and an evening discussion panel. Learn more on the Go Boston 2030 website.

Event Details: 
Go Boston 2030 Action Plan Release Panel
Tuesday, March 7th, 6-8pm
@Boston Public Library


MA Smart Growth Alliance is hiring

MA_SMART_GROWTH.jpgThe Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance is looking to hire a Director of Local Leadership, a senior-level position charged with leading outreach with local & regional decision-makers. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the job posting and apply here.


Boston City Council Talks Transportation Policy

furthflyer.jpgThe Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation & Transportation, in partnership with Northeastern University Professor Peter Furth, is leading a monthly discussion series on transportation policy. Please be sure to attend the final two panels in the series. The February one will be addressing transit signal priority, and the following will be focused on parking management.

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, February 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, March 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall


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The Word On The Street

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    • Bike!Bike! Southeast 2017 March 23, 2017
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    • Bike!Bike! Southeast 2017 March 23, 2017
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    • Hubway Introduces Unicorn Madness March 19, 2017
      Tweet Vote today for your favorite in Round 1! This month, Hubway is introducing a tournament of its own by celebrating its 8 uniquely wrapped bikes, also knows as “unicorns.” Get to know the unicorns, join the fun, win prizes … Continue reading →
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    • Call And Email The Mayor, Let Him Know You Want A Better Bicycling Budget! March 15, 2017
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    • Hubway Will Be Closed For The Crazy Weather March 13, 2017
      TweetDuh, but you know still a heads up. Hello Hubway rider, Due to the inclement weather, Hubway will temporarily close at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 14th, for the safety of our riders and staff. Once the closure has begun, no bikes can … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets Update March 13, 2017
      TweetWhat’s happening Become a Street Ambassador We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Areacampaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us … Continue reading →
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    • Thing A Week 10: Rubber Stamp March 12, 2017
      I needed a rubber stamp to mark the packages I was sending out from my etsy store, so I figured…why not make one. I didn’t have any stamp rubber laying around, or the tools to carve it…so I started by making both of those. I had a little bit of mold max 60 left over […]
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    • The Future Of Boston Is In Your Hands March 8, 2017
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: After two years of outreach, dozens of workshops, and thousands of comments from people like you, the City of Boston has released its GoBoston 2030 Vision & Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. … Continue reading →
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    • Bikes Not Bombs Gets New Executive Director March 8, 2017
      Tweet Meet Elijah Evans, Our New Executive Director! Bikes Not Bombs is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans will be joining us as our new Executive Director. Elijah has a lifelong commitment to social justice and has the passion, vision, … Continue reading →
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